In a sensational development, Bengaluru city is planning to incorporate electric Buses in transport fleet by means of State government’s fund. According to the sources in the government, Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will soon initiate the process of purchasing as many as 100 electric buses through state government’s fund.
This new proposal will follow BMTC’s expression of interest (EOI) for the supply of another 1500 e-buses back in March next year. Well, the deadline for opening the bids, had to be postponed owing to the model code of conduct.
So, BMTC will soon be giving a green light to a proposal to buy 100 electric buses. According to the source cited by Deccan Herald, the proposal is now under planning.
BMTC plans to understand the design of products, processes and systems of the electric buses and only then it will think about proceeding to the next step, i.e. the operation of 100 buses as trial.
The decision comes just 2 months after BMTC lost a central government’s grant worth Rs 80 crore for acquiring 80 electric buses. There were talks about whether to buy them or lease them. Transport Minister DC Thamanna made the right decision to buy these electric buses rather than leasing them.